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sounds like maybe dpw, we might have dropped the ball in terms of the noticing, if there's an error in reporting. i understand they got some special findings late in the game and in order for them to package it all up and bring to land use and complete the time lane that things were a little bit rushed. supervisor wiener, i don't think that's the normal standard of, from what i've seen working with dpw >> what i would say is the sponsor of the legislation is not here and neither is supervisor campos. my inclination would be, i would want them to weigh in on this, so my inclination would be to forward it to the board where they will be, they will always have the option to continue it or to send it back to committee. if they were here now we could ask them that, but
that would be, that's one option that we would pursue. >> that's to forward to the board without recommendation. >> yeah, i could agree with that. i also want to go on record, our office spoke with supervisor campos who was in favor of this particular project but it's probably better that we hear it from him as opposed to me as a third party, third person, so i support that motion. >> so sounds like there's a motion to forward without objection. is there any objection to that? >> mr. chair, as a committee report for tomorrow? >> as a committee report for the december 11, 2012 meeting. without objection, colleagues, thank you. thank you. >> (inaudible). >> so tomorrow's board meeting is where this will be heard and we'll hopefully hear from supervisor chiu, the sponsor, and possibly supervisor campos, whose district this resides in.
supervisor wiener. >> i would say to member s of the public between now and then it would be a good idea if it hasn't happened already to communicate with supervisor campos, with president chiu as the sponsor and as the district supervisor and then take it from there. >> also i'd like to just add please rouse your neighbors for tomorrow's board meeting. >> (inaudible). >> thank you for coming to testify. we have to move to the next item. miss miller. >> item no. 2 is a resolution approving resdeg nation of 47 street artist selling spaces at hallidie plaza on 5th street. >> howard lazar >> thank you for the opportunity to present this to you. we're talking about hallidie plaza, pal and market street. the board of supervisors designated these spaces in 1977 to the street
artists so for the past 35 years, this has been a tremendous viable selling location for the artists and we've been grateful for that. recently we were approached by the union square business improvement district with their plan to beautify that plaza, totally upgrade it, you can hear the details from donna figurata, and they want to present the street artists in a more favorable means. what the bid is proposing is to create uniform street artist stalls or displays and these would bear the city logo on them, they would all have a uniform color, and the idea would be that they could be easily identifiable even across the street if you
are coming out of the westfield complex. the art commission likes this idea, they have endorsed it, the bid is also willing to pay for these displays. it would be a voluntary program, okay, this is not coming out of the street artist money and it's totally voluntary. if the street artist doesn't want to do it, fine. but we want to give it, like, a one-year trial period to see how it would work out. also what i wanted to call your attention to is that by law the street artist displays are 3 feet deep this way by 4 feet long this way, and no taller than 5 feet. and the design that the bid and the art commission staff came up with would exceed two of those dimensions. they would exceed the length dimension by one
feet and exceed the height dimension by two feet, they would make it 7 feet tall. if you were to approve this pilot program and the redesignation of these 47 spaces, it would be with the exemption from two regulations, the regulation that says a street artist space must be no more than 4 feet wide and the regulation that says that it can be no taller than 5 feet and then there's a third regulation and that is that street artist displays cannot be within 5 feet of each other. so if you increase each space around the plaza rail, if you can picture this, then instead of there being 5 feet between the spaces, there would be 3 feet between the spaces. you did this historically speaking about nearly 30 years
ago when you exempted 12 spaces around bart plaza at market and maupblt montgomery street. there is precedent here. in fact, you've granted exemptions in no less than 40 resolutions over the years for the street artist spaces so long as there wasn't a public safety problem, of course. that really is it. i wanted to stress it would be a one-year pilot program. your exemption would be for a year and we'd see what would happen after that, whether i'd be before you again or just let it sunset. i'm perfectly happen to answer any questions if i may. >> thank you, i see no questions, so let's open this up for public comment. is there anyone from the public that would like to speak? i
have one card of francisco decasa. >> supervisors, the gentleman here has presented to you something he wants to be put in place for a year. i have no problem with the gentleman proposing something unique. i am open to it. what i want to impress upon this gentleman, who has a lot of power, believe me, and it comes from matters with this, he has been approached by the veterans, we have some veterans, it's a very sad sight to see our veterans when they are on the street. but then you have some veterans who want a stall or who want some help so that they can sell their wares, this gentleman has brought hurdles in the past.
i have been approached by the veterans, i myself am working with these veterans and i have asked one of the veterans to go and see the mayor personally. but now that this issue has come here before this board and this gentleman has other ideas to have more stalls i am going to request the gentleman that the only two veterans that sell their wares by 5th and market that he have a meeting with them and he accommodate the veterans, the veterans who put their lives on the line who come here, many a time they cannot get a job, they become creative, they want to sell their wares and this city and county of san francisco who should be helping our veterans,
i am requesting the gentleman to accommodate the veterans. if he does not then i will take it to the highest level. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> (singing) ain't no valley high, ain't no valley low, ain't no space wide enough can stop us. if you need an artist we'll find a space for you, you don't need to worry, ain't no city space wide enough, ain't no city space low enough can keep me from spaces to you, remember the day you made a space, you made so free and i know i thanked you for what you did and i know now that i'm glad and make it better, don't make it sad. and there are spaces i
remember all my life i got an artist space and these spaces have some meaning and now it's up to you too. >> thank you, walter. next speaker. >> good afternoon, i'm donna figarota with the union square business district. i just wanted to talk a little bit about the background for this project. it grew out of a larger vision for hallidie plaza that was developed by the bid streetscapes committee that would create better access from the top to the bottom with a
(inaudible) approach that would allow for a larger range of activities like flower stands, and the street artists being a very important part of hallidie plaza were folded into that. right now the artists when they exist, they are lost in the confusion of people, street performers and tourists in line buying muni tickets around the cable car. we want to increase the visibility of the street artists as an asset and promote them as an asset in an attraction for both tourists living and working in the area. the display table which we've got here, i don't know if you can put on the overhead, if you can see it, anyway, what that does was it really allows a better exposure, a greater visibility of the artist with colorful and professionally designed display tables. it
distinguishes the artist as members of a city program and will provide a convenient checkout process. we'll be partnering with our mjn management. steven chula designed this professionally and we want to help the artists look better. thank you. >> thank you. if there's no other member s of the public that would like to speak, let's close public comment. colleagues, i know that mr. de costa raised questions about artist access. >> thank you for the opportunity of responding, i really wanted to. many years ago i sought special exemptions for the veterans in the street artist program. we have i believe at least a dozen
veterans in our program who do not pay any fees. this is the exemption, the legislation -- it wasn't legislation, it was a clarification from the city attorney's office that we could waive the fees for any honorablely discharged veteran. however, the veteran must comply with all the regulations. street artists ordinance. they could not be given a license just because they are a veteran. in other words, they do have to come in like anybody else and demonstrate that they make their own hand made wares in front of us and they have to comply with all the regulations that you have granted for all street artists to be subject to them. but, yes, the art commission has definited stepped forward many years ago to accommodate the veterans. >> thank you so much, mr. lazar
colleagues, if there are no objections can we move this forward without objection? without objection. miss miller, please call item 3. >> item no. 3 is an ordinance designating sam jordan's bar from 4006 to 4006 as a landmark. >> sam joerd dan's bar has been an institution in the bayview neighborhood for many many years and sam jordan himself was truly an inspirational figure. he was the first african american to run for mayor in san francisco in 1963, he was a longshore man, a golden globes boxer and a staunch community activist and his legacy continues to live on and you see it in his children and his grandchildren. sam jordan's bar has served as an important gathering place
for the city's working class and the african american community. i believe land marking this place is long overdue. we have planning staff here to provide the committee with an overview of this legislation and landmarking request and with that i'd like to invite you to come up and make a presentation. thank you. >> i did have an image for the overhead. >> it takes a second. overhead, please. >> can we zoom out a little bit? >> i'm not sure if you need to do it from the machine there or not. i think you should just continue. >> good afternoon, supervisors, mary brown, planning department staff to present the proposed designation for sam jordan's bar as an individual poland
lark under article 10 of the planning code. at the request of the land owner the project was added to the land mark work program in 2011. at both the june and july hearing the historic commission voted unanimously in favor of the building based on its historical significance. to summarize, the build is significant for its association with the life of a person significant in our past. it is a physical location and geographic locus of the life work of sam jordan. jordan was a prominent business, political, social and cultural leader in the bayview neighborhood through the middle decades of the 20th century. sam jordan's support of african american entrepreneurship, civil rights and political involvement began before 1958 when he took ownership of the bar and remained constant until his death in 2003. his influence extended far
beyond the neighborhood to include the larger sphere of san francisco. in 1963, jordan became the first african american to campaign for mayor of san francisco, running on a progressive platform of social justice and racial equality. the bar was a centerpiece of jordan's neighborhood community building activities and he reviedd in the upstairs unit for nearly 50 years. jordan was known locally as the mayor of butcher town, which was the historic name for the area immediately surrounding the bar. his efforts to establish a place of community and legacy within the bayview area continues for which he is known to this day. the bar continues to be operated by the jordan family, who are here today, who support the land mark designation. this concludes my presentation, if you have any questions. >> thank you. supervisor cohen? >> i think that's it.
>> let's open this up for public comment. did you want to acknowledge the family members? >> yes. >> let's open this up for public comment. is there anyone from the public that would like to speak? >> i went to the chase bank to give me a lollipop. >> sam jordan's bar, there's a new bar and it's gonna be a land mark, gonna give it a good big start, gonna have a big lolli pop heart. lollipop, oh, land mark, city landmark. and drink, drink, let the toasts start. drink, drink, to this landmark. drink, drink, drink and we're gonna have a great
city landmark and drink, drink and let the toasts start. we're gonna have a new city landmark. let every city make it and we've got lots of heart. >> next speaker. >> how you doing, my name is clyde, speaking on behalf of the family sam jordan's bar, 4004 third street. this has been a long effort, everybody has been involved in this. we really appreciate what you guys are doing and the efforts being brought forth for this institution because so many people have come through that door. recently i found out legendary mayor jordan used to come and tend bar, move all the bartenders out, it was such a
social gathering place, any and everybody was welcome. today we still make those efforts, feeding the homeless, picking up cards within the community, everybody is welcome there. everybody. we turn away nobody. if you come there you'll see we never turn away anybody. we really just pushing forward and hopefully this thing will come through and we can make the land mark status. i know sam jordan would be very proud, i mean just smiling in his grave to this day to know this legacy continues and we are still prosperous and keeping the efforts in the community alive, the activism, the charity work, the philanthropy, we would appreciate if you would put this through to the committee so we can have this thing done. thank you so much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> prior to sam jordan's being
named what it is, it used to be a frank's restaurant. so sam jordan was well known by the community, was a longshoreman, was a boxer, and as has been stated here, he ran as the first african american for mayor. so i worked for the presidio and i understand the department of interior's standards when it comes to a building. in this case i think the planning department and all of us who are listening and those who have come here to say something about this place is more what happens within the 4 walls of this building. so as has been stated, the compassion, feeding the poor, nobody's turned away, the other thing is that anybody who goes
to this place gets large portions of the meals prepared, well prepared. so sam jordan was well respected. he always encouraged people who wanted to do something because he had the backing, diane feinstein has been there, willy brown has been there, some -- i think sammy davis junior went there once. so it's not famous people haven't visited it and it's not that sam jordan was very well known. i think in this case it's what has been
happening and how his spirit has been kept alive by serving the poor. that's what we need, that's what we need in the bayview. we need people who are compassionate, people who do not forget their roots. people say they represent, if you represent and you know your people, especially the people who came from the south, i'm talking to the people at home, then your representatives should be those that represent the poor, much like phillip burton did, much like other good representatives did that you respect in city hall. so if sam jordan was here i think he would have said that his work was something for the
community, that working for the community, that working for uplifting somebody, that would bring joy to his heart. i think that's what he would have said and i am glad there are a few members, i don't know his family members personally but i do know that there is a woman now who feeds the poor and continues the legacy of sam jordan. sam jordan has left the best legacy in the bayview. thank you very much. >> next speaker. >> good evening, supervisors and san francisco, my name is ace and i'm here for other business but i just happened to see sam jordan's name here for the histostorial land mark in the valley. i had the honor and luxury of working there employing my company some years
ago that i was able to employ people that were there for security. that is a known spot for our security, the african american, black, negro, however you want to call us, been there for a number of years. there should be more people here, saying more things for the historical situation, i'm here to add my thoughts for this historical spot in san francisco. we need more spots like this. i'm here to support this becoming a historical spot in the southeast of san francisco. >> my name is randell evans and i'm a long time resident of san francisco and i also too support this without a doubt. i just want to bring it to everyone's attention that people forget real easy that san francisco is just one city.
it's one city with one black community. when you talk about things that's great like this and then you look at the whole significant things that are happening not for us as a people, we need to really revisit that. i know you guys are going to be talking about is soon. i just get scared and lonely when i hear our folks being mentioned toward historical things because it almost sounds like something that is gone and never to be again. our names on the ground up there in the fillmore and that's supposed to be historical, but it's on the ground. the point i'm making, i think we all as a people need to realize does not know significant black leadership in san francisco and it's time for us to really take a real deep look at what it is going to be for our children's children's children. thank you.
>> is there any more for public comment on this item? okay, we'll close public comment and just in closing i want to say again thank you to the sam jordan family, thank you for your kind words and your hard work. i also want to acknowledge the planning staff that helped make this designation possible, thank you very much. and, colleagues, i'd like to ask for your support on this item today. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor cohen. so, colleagues, can we pass this with a positive recommendation without objection? thank you. >> miss miller, please call item no. 5 or item no. 4. >> item no. 4 is an ordinance designating twin peaks tavern as 401 castro street as a land mark. >> sponsor scott wiener. >> thank you very much, mr.
chairman. today before us is an ordinance to landmark the twin peaks tavern at 401 castro street right at the corner of castro and market. twin peaks is truly one of the gems of the castro and of the san francisco lgbt community and has been since it opened 40 years ago in 1972. and perhaps most unique about twin peaks is that it was the very first gay bar with large visible windows so that anyone walking by would see who was inside. until then and in a lot of areas of the world we still have this, you have gay bars with windows that are hidden so people can sneak in because they are not comfortable or even safe doing so. so twin peaks was a trail blazer in
that respect. the bar symbolizes the lgbt community's coming out in san francisco, that our community would no longer be in the shadows and we see since then the great strides we have made as an lgbt community and around the world. i will say on a personal note i recall the very first time i came to the castro, which was in 1993 as a 23-year-old gay man and coming out of castro station and the very first thing i saw was twin peaks, even before i saw the castro theater marquis. so it has personal significance as well. twin peaks also is a bar that caters to a real diversity of ages. we have a challenge sometimes in the lgbt community where young people particularly in bars and cultural reen